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Northwest Passage by KristinaGehrmann Northwest Passage by KristinaGehrmann
Down sank the baleful crimson sun,
The northern light came out,
And glared upon the ice-bound ships,
And shook its spears about.

Sir John, the night is black and long,
The hissing wind is bleak,
The hard, green ice as strong as death:—
I prithee, Captain, speak!

The night is neither bright nor short,
The singing breeze is cold,—
The ice is not so strong as hope,
The heart of man is bold!


(from: "A Ballad of Sir John Franklin" by G.H. Boker)

This is either the HMS Erebus or the HMS Terror, a 19th century exploration vessel. Both these ships left England on the ill-fated Franklin Expedition in 1845.

Sir John Franklin hoped to navigate through the so-called Northwest Passage in the Arctic. But in the Victoria Strait, both ships became trapped in ice. The crew waited two and a half years for the ice to thaw but that did not happen. So in April 1848 they decided to abandon the ships and were not heard from again. No single man made it back home to England. It is assumed that they died from disease, food poisoning and starvation. From relics found by search expeditions later it was concluded that the last survivors eventually resorted to cannibalism.

Franklin's Lost Expedition - on wikipedia

It is pure Hollywood drama, and I'm astonished the story has not been made into a movie yet. I have, however, read a chilling (no pun intended) novel about it: The Terror, by Dan Simmons.

This was a new challenge for me - I wanted to paint a scene without any people in it. :)

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josephhutchison Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015
Exellent.
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MoonyMina Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
this is simply awesome :) great art about a truly interesting period
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KristinaGehrmann Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :heart:
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HeliosTaranis Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice!
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Sakraida82 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014
Very very true, why hasn't this become a movie? Though Hollywood would make a mess of things. 
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Traheripteryx Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beeindruckend! Wirklich sehr beeindruckend!
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cemac Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013
I have included this wonderful artwork in the new feature for July 2013 on the front of the :icondigitaldelights: journal. Please :+fav: the journal so that more members will see your art and thank you for being a member :heart:
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Saint-Walker Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
Love the piece, the little bits and pieces scattered across the ice are very in tune with what historians think actually happened, the Expedition survivors lugged a lot of equipment that was incredibly heavy and completely useless and may have helped seal their fate by slowing them down and wearing them out and by the time they finally ditched it, it was too late to do any good and their fates were sealed
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RD-DD1843 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
They still have not found the wreckage of either ship, which may be off the coast of King William's Land in the Arctic portion of Canada.
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Velvet--Glove Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
:iconfeatureplz: Hi! This work has been featured in my journal here: [link]
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leloops Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012
mein gott, das eis sieht so realistisch aus :omfg: spitzenklasse. ausgezeichnet.
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Chrisma60 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your wonderful work is featured here [link]
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Chrisma60 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
fantastic painting work...my Respekt
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jerrykimbro Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Professional Artist
I love this subject and your art is fantastic...
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RoseCS Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012
Absolutely stunning!
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Lhianne Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012
Das ist großartig :clap:, gefällt mir ausgesprochen gut :heart:
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Hey there, your piece has been featured in :icondigital-art-club: Here [link]
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:iconblacksparklesplz: :heart: Your Beautiful Art featured Here [link] :heart: :iconblacksparklesplz:

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XxWafiqah Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow this is epic! Nice work :D
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rozichka Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hi,
I have featured your artwork here: [link]
Have a nice week! :)
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AHussein Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
wow this is so beautiful :iconlesighplz:
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rajasegar Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing piece of work!
Thanks for sharing..
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PutYourBraveFaceOn Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
Yay! I’m very glad to announce you that your artwork has been chosen to be amongst the best deviations :iconwinner-plz: submitted to our :iconforeverartgroup: in the month of May 2012. You can check it out here: Featured & here: Hall Of Fame ( 25 - May 2012 ) . :clap: P.S. Please, don’t forget to show us some love :heart: by :+fav:ing the Blog. :thanks: If you had seen this Blog faster than we got to announce it to you, even better! :thumbsup:
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Novester-Finch Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This piece clearly shows desperation without needing human presence. Awesome! It does sound like movie fodder, but I so worry about Hollywood ruining it. Was the book a good read?
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KristinaGehrmann Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
The book was great apart from the fantasy elements which I didn't like. Matter of taste :)

Thank you!
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feavre Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012   Digital Artist
Beautiful!
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Sakraida82 Featured By Owner May 29, 2012
Cry nice like the expanse. Not sure, but I feel less isolated then I might. O_o
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Jadeyfish Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Love it :)
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Jburns272 Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fantastic work! :)
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dr8gonwolf666 Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Student
I love how you included actual history in this painting :) I think there was another ship... something to do with this guy called Hudson and he also crossed the Northwest Passage. Except he ended up in Hudson Bay and his crew mutinied.... or something. Forgot.
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Enoa79 Featured By Owner May 27, 2012
Beautiful work. Very well done.
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VintageChick121 Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Student Writer
Awesome! :wow:
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PIT-FACE Featured By Owner May 26, 2012
haunting and beautiful. looking at it makes me cold.
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PIT-FACE Featured By Owner May 26, 2012
haunting and beautiful. looking at it makes me cold.
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FIYAS Featured By Owner May 26, 2012
very lovely.
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dreamsinstatic Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
Your fantastic work has been featured in Friday Night Features.
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caddman Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
Lovely...:heart:
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Eladie Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
I loved "The Terror"!
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mistofstars Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yes! love it! love the story! awesome!
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ragnaice Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, the painting is great! I might have to go and look for this book :D
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Vitor-D Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Student General Artist
Amazing! :worship:
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CreedStonegate Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
nice work man, that's kickass!
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caillteone Featured By Owner May 24, 2012
:thumbsup:
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TheWingedShadow Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I read "the Terror" too and it immediately came to my mind when I saw the picture on my tumblr. Amazing work!
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NamezMud Featured By Owner May 23, 2012   General Artist
You really captured the bleak overtones of the subject matter. (I'm not sure if I said that right.)
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vegiboy3000 Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
Excellent job :)
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LaPetiteBohemienne Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
Chillingly beautiful. ;)
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Taitaviracocha Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Espectacular!!
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KristinaGehrmann Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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